Monday, June 30, 2008

Dortmund 2008 Round 2: Kramnik, Leko, Gustafsson prevails

Here's another one of my own comprehensive analysis and commentary I provide for everybody to enjoy. Once again, I hope you will bear with it :)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 (Black opt for the Queens Gambit Decline rather than continue with the Slav Defense (4…Bf5). the push…e6 releases Black’s dark-squared bishop, but blocks the light-squared bishop.)

5.b3 (supporting the c4 pawn and allow the dark squared bishop to occupy b2 square where it has more influence.)

5…Nbd7 6.Bb2 b6 (fighting for the control of the important c5 square while b7 square is to be occupied by the light-squared bishop)

7.Bd3 (an interesting move. white opt to defend the e4 square with his light bishop rather than his knight on d1. 7.Nbd2 is the common move which has a more decent result in the past.)

7…Bb7 8.0-0 Bd6 9.Nbd2 0-0 10.Ne5 (always post your knight in the center of the board, right?)

10…Qe7 (An early slight mistake. Although it connects both rooks early, the other alternative move 10…Qc7 looks sharper and continues the fight for the control of the e4.)

11.Qf3 (A trick! You will see)

11…Rfd8?! (A mistake. Kramnik abandon the idea to fight for the control of d5 for the time being since it was well covered by black. His eye is on e5 and controlling it was the key to Kramnik’s strategy to win the game. Black has put so much attention on guarding and protecting d5 that he forgot to pay attention on his opponent’s own strategy. Black should find a way to get rid of the strong knight at e5 quickly instead of the move 11…Rfd8 which will only result on black’s passivity as we will be seen)

12.Qh3 (the intention is clear.)

12…h6 13.f4! (Very nice. White just want to make sure that his Queen on h3 won’t be threaten by any counter offensive by black by securing the all important e5 square for white. Now the knight on d2 can maneuver by way of f3 square and ready to occupy the e5 square once an exchange of pieces in the center begins.)

13…Bb4 (but white has already anticipated this move)

14.Ndf3! Ne4 (now the exchange can begin without worrying about white’s loosing center domination. )

15.Nxd7 (from this on, watch how white dictates the tempo of the game. It’s a beauty. Black has no answer but dance with white’s tune.)

15…Rxd7 16.Ne5 (should we say more?)

16…Rc7 (this is the direct result of black’s bad move 11…Rfd8?!. Now the rook finds himself in a most awkward position.)

17.Bxe4 dxe4 18.c5 bxc5 19.a3 Ba5 20.dxc5 Qxc5 21.b4 Qb5 22.Qg3 Bb6 23.Nd7 g6 (not 23…Rxd7??? 24. Qxg7 mate!) 24.Nf6+ Kf8 25.Be5 Rcc8 26.Qh4 h5 27.Nh7+ Ke8 28.Bd6 Rc7 29.Rfd1 Black cannot force the issue without loosing materials so black resigns 1-0.

(2) Gustafsson,J (2603) - Naiditsch,A (2624) [D37]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (2), 29.06.2008

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Bb5+ Bd7 11.Bxf6 gxf6 12.Bxd7+ Nxd7 13.0-0 a6 14.Rb1 Qc7 15.Qh5 Ke7 16.f4 Qxc3 17.Rfd1 Rab8 18.e5 Qe3+ 19.Kh1 Rhd8 20.exf6+ Ke8 21.Nxe6 Nxf6 22.Nc7+ Ke7 23.Qh4 1-0

(3) Leko,P (2741) - Ivanchuk,V (2740) [B46]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (2), 29.06.2008

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Bd3 d5 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Qf3 Be7 10.Qg3 Nh5 11.Qf3 Nf6 12.e5 Nd7 13.Qg3 g6 14.Bh6 c5 15.Na4 c4 16.Be2 Bb7 17.b3 Bc6 18.Nb2 Rb8 19.Nd1 Nc5 20.Ne3 Ne4 21.Qh3 Ng5 22.Qg4 c3 23.a3 Bb5 24.Bxb5+ axb5 25.f3 Qb6 26.Rae1 d4 27.Nd1 d3+ 28.Kh1 dxc2 29.Nf2 Bc5 30.Nd3 Be3 31.Bxg5 Bd2 32.Re2 0-0 33.Nc1 b4 34.Bxd2 cxd2 35.Rxd2 bxa3 36.Rxc2 Rfc8 37.Qe4 Rxc2 38.Qxc2 Qd4 39.Na2 Qxe5 40.b4 Rd8 41.h3 h5 42.Rb1 Qe3 43.Rd1 Rd5 44.Qb1 Qe2 45.Re1 Qd2 46.Rc1 Rd8 47.b5 Rb8 48.Rc3 h4 49.b6 Qd6 50.Rb3 Rb7 51.Nc3 Qc6 52.Rxa3 Qxb6 53.Qxb6 Rxb6 54.Ra4 g5 55.f4 Rb3 56.Ne2 Re3 57.Ng1 1-0

(4) Nepomniachtchi,I (2634) - Mamedyarov,S (2752) [C84]
Sparkassen Dortmund GER (2), 29.06.2008

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.d3 d6 7.c3 Bg4 8.Nbd2 Nd7 9.h3 Bh5 10.Re1 Nc5 11.Bc2 Ne6 12.Nf1 Bg5 13.Ng3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 0-0 15.Be3 g6 16.Bb3 Kg7 17.Ne2 Nc5 18.Bc2 f5 19.Bxc5 dxc5 20.exf5 Rxf5 21.Qg4 Bh4 22.Rf1 Kh8 23.Ba4 b5 24.Bb3 Na5 25.Be6 Rf8 26.a4 Qf6 27.g3 h5 28.Qxh4 Qxe6 29.Qe4 Qf5 30.Qxf5 gxf5 31.axb5 axb5 32.f4 e4 33.dxe4 fxe4 34.Rfd1 Nc4 35.Rxa8 Rxa8 36.Rd7 Ra1+ 37.Kf2 Nxb2 38.Ke3 Nc4+ 39.Kxe4 Re1 40.Kf3 1/2-1/2

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

1 Kramnik,V 2788 +42 * ½

1 1.5/2 1.25
2 Gustafsson,J 2603 +293 ½ *


1.5/2 1.25
3 Leko,P 2741 +195

* ½

1.5/2 1.00
4 Mamedyarov,S 2752 -64

½ * ½

1.0/2 1.25
5 Nepomniachtchi,I 2634 +54

½ * ½

1.0/2 0.75
6 Naiditsch,A 2624 -196

½ *

0.5/2 0.50
7 Ivanchuk,V 2740 -221


* ½ 0.5/2 0.25
8 Van Wely,L 2677 -103 0

½ * 0.5/2 0.25

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